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Staff predictions: Dolphins vs. Patriots

Dave Hyde

Sports columnist

Prediction:

Patriots

31,

Dolphins

17

Comment:

New England quarterback

Tom Brady

brings the first Top 5 passing game against a Dolphins defense with places to attack.

Omar Kelly

Dolphins writer

Prediction:

Patriots 31, Dolphins 24

Comment:

New England's defense might struggle, but does it really matter when you have Tom Brady and one of the

NFL

's best rushing attacks?

Chris Perkins

Dolphins writer

Prediction:

Patriots 38, Dolphins 21

Comment:

Tom Brady and that relentless passing attack are just too much. New England's offense is ranked second in NFL in scoring touchdowns in the red zone (67.3%).

Gregory Lee Jr.

Executive sports editor

Prediction:

Patriots 45, Dolphins 17

Comment:

One thing I learned in my eight years covering the Patriots, it’s hard to stop Brady & Co. when they get on a roll.

Keven Lerner
Online sports editor
Prediction: Patriots 34, Dolphins 20
Comment: The Patriots can clinch their fourth straight AFC East title with a win. They have scored 219 points in their last five games (43.8 average) and are on pace to break their NFL record for points in a season (589 in 2007).


Steve Svekis
Multimedia reporter
Prediction: Patriots 31, Dolphins 10
Comment: Tight end Aaron Hernandez returned last week, and that’s bad news for the Dolphins. Way too many weapons, and when the Patriots get up early and their front seven can pin their ears back against a one-dimensional Dolphins offense, it could get ugly.

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